Throughout the years there have been many strong female characters on the well-known action series NCIS. With actresses such as Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, and Emily Wickersham- there’s no wonder the show is so successful. Let’s take a look at the female stars of NCIS. Where are they now? Read on to find out.
Pauley Perrette Then
Pauley Perrette is the actress who played the forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on NCIS. The actress has appeared in both NCIS: Los Angeles as well as NCIS: New Orleans. Her character was a fan favorite and played an important role on the show. Abby is known for having all kinds of styles including pigtails, black and white outfits and choker necklaces.
Pauley Perrette Now
The star has announced recently that she will be leaving the show after fifteen years. She has publicly stated on Twitter, “…it was a decision made last year. I hope everyone will love and enjoy EVERYTHING ABBY not only for the rest of this season but for everything she has given all of us for 16 years. All the love, all the laughter, all the inspiration…I love her as much as you do.” Recently Perrette has appeared in the television miniseries When We Rise.
Stephanie Mello Then
On NCIS, Cynthia Sumner is played by actress Stephanie Mello. Cynthia started out as a personal assistant who worked closely with various other characters on the show. However, it wasn’t long before she captured our attention for her impressive sense of style and constant bickering with Leroy Gibbs, the supervisory special agent for NCIS.
Stephanie Mello Now
While Stephanie left NCIS about 15 years ago, fans still recognize her for her memorable natural beauty and timeless curly hair. Since NCIS, she has acted in various shows including Big Time Rush. However, most of her acting nowadays is actually for commercials. In fact, throughout her career, she has appeared in over 100 television commercials!
Emily Wickersham Then
In 2013, after Cote de Pablo left NCIS, Wickersham was cast as Eleanor Bishop, an NSA Analyst. Later she became a series regular as she was promoted on the show to NCIS Probationary Agent. Throughout the show, her character went through various changes, including a divorce. Eleanor’s no-nonsense look and professionalism never failed to impress viewers.
Emily Wickersham Now
Wickersham is a regular on NCIS for six years already. Besides television, she has also done several roles in film including Sarah Hayes in Glitch and Molly Conway in Gone. However, she still mainly acts on NCIS. In fact, she has appeared in 112 episodes of the show, including an episode in the New Orleans spinoff.
Liza Lapira Then
Actress Liza Lapira plays Michelle Lee on NCIS. Michelle starts out on the show as an NCIS Special Agent and a legal assistant. However, later on, fans find out that she is actually a spy leaking highly sensitive information to an unknown source. This discovery eventually gets her in serious trouble. Lapira was perfect for the role, she definitely rocked the mysterious look.
Liza Lapira Now
After appearing on NCIS, Liza didn’t waste any time. Since then she has appeared on various television shows including Dollhouse, Traffic Light, Dexter and Battle Creek. In addition to television, she has also had several roles in popular films including Crazy Stupid Love and Fast & Furious. Nowadays she plays Eve on the comedy series 9JKL.
Nina Foch Then
Actress Nina Foch was probably best known for her roles in 1950s films such as An American In Paris and Executive Suite. Foch has appeared on NCIS several times as Ducky Mallard’s mother, Victoria Mallard. However, her character ends up developing Alzheimer’s disease. In the series, her son Ducky hides the fact that she has died but Abby ends up finding out.
Nina Foch Now
Unfortunately, Foch has passed away in 2008 at age 84. Her role on NCIS was one of her last roles. During those years she also had roles in various other television series including Just Shoot Me, and Dharma & Greg. Besides acting, Foch also liked to teach. In fact, she was a faculty member at both the American Film Institute and at the University of South California for over 40 years.
Tamara Taylor Then
Tamara Taylor is well known for her role as Dr. Camille Saroyan in the crime drama Bones. While she started out as a guest star on Bones, she ended up being a recurring character and appearing in over 200 episodes. However, the actress has also appeared on two episodes of NCIS as Cassie Yates. While she wasn’t on the show for long, she did make a lasting impression due to her business-like look and great acting skills.
Tamara Taylor Now
Besides making a guest appearance on NCIS, she has made guest appearances in several other popular shows including Lost, CSI: Miami, and Dawson’s Creek. She has acted in various films as well including August Falls, Senseless and the short film Sunday. Currently, she stars as Oumou Prescott in a new Netflix series called Altered Carbon.
Jessica Steen Then
Only those fans who have followed NCIS since the very beginning will recognize Jessica’s NCIS appearance as Paula Cassidy. Cassidy was an NCIS Special Agent who was assigned to be an interrogator at Guantanamo Bay. Afterwards, she was reassigned to the Pentagon. There she led her own team but ended up dying during her duty.
Jessica Steen Now
So far Steen has had a successful acting career. She played a variety of roles in shows such as the soap opera Loving, Flashpoint, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Nowadays she is working on filming her tenth season of the show Heartland. Steen is also an environmentalist so when she’s not acting she’s busy supporting various organizations including the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
Maria Bello Then
Before NCIS, Bello has appeared in various films and television series including the spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith and the medical drama ER. While NCIS has been running since 2003, Maria Bello only joined the cast recently during the latest season. Maria plays Jack Sloane, a forensic psychologist and a member of the major case response team.
Maria Bello Now
Similar to many other Hollywood stars, Maria Bello has had a wide range of roles over the years. She starred in big films such as A History of Violence, Prisoners, and Secret Window. Throughout her career, she has played a variety of different women and changed her look accordingly. Currently, Bello has three parts in upcoming films.
Rena Sofer Then
Rena Sofer got her big break back in 1995 when she appeared in the soap opera General Hospital and got a Daytime Emmy Award for her role. Since then she has appeared in a variety of TV shows. On NCIS she appeared in season seven as Margaret Allison Hart; a cold-blooded attorney with a no-nonsense attitude.
Rena Sofer Now
Of course, Sofer is nothing like her cold and revengeful character on NCIS in real life. Since appearing on the show, she has had a variety of roles. She returned to the soap opera genre with the show The Bold and the Beautiful as character Quinn Fuller. In fact, she has appeared in about 500 episodes of the series. She also starred in films such as Another Man’s Wife and A Stranger Among Us.
Lauren Holly Then
Before getting a main role on NCIS, Holly guest starred in a variety of television shows including All My Children back in the 1980s and CSI: Miami in the early 2000s. On the show, she played NCIS Director Jenny Shepard- a leader who was looked up by many characters. However, the NCIS director ended up being killed by a hitman during season five of the show.
Lauren Holly Now
Lauren Holly has been on our screens for several years now. She appeared in various films including Dumb and Dumber and What Women Want. She has also done several TV shows as well such as Motive. While she hasn’t had many main roles since NCIS, she does have 94 credits to her name. And recently she starred in the movie The Blackcoat’s Daughter.
Jennifer Esposito Then
You may recognize Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn. Esposito played the role of the NCIS special agent for one season during NCIS. The agent was known for reporting to Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. While fans liked her character, it didn’t last too long. Esposito had to leave the show in order to take care of her aging mother and so her character was written out.
Jennifer Esposito Now
After playing Alexandra Quinn on NCIS, Jennifer continued to further her career. While on NCIS, she also appeared on the TV show The Affair. And recently she filmed a role for a crime thriller called Speed Kills which also features John Travolta, Tom Sizemore, and Matthew Modine. In 2014, the star married British model Louis Dowler. However, in 2016 the two got divorced.
Scottie Thompson Then
Scottie Thompson appeared on NCIS as Dr. Jeanne Benoit. Initially, it was thought that she is connected to the team only because she is Special Agent Tony DiNozzo’s girlfriend. However, later on, we find out that she is also Rene Benoit’s daughter. In 2008, Jeanne and Tony break up and so actress Scottie had to leave the show. However, since then she has made a few additional appearances on the show.
Scottie Thompson Now
After appearing on NCIS, Scottie has kept busy. Since then she has appeared in various films such as Before I Wake, Dead on Arrival, and Broken Ghost. On television, she has had a recurring role on the show 12 Monkeys. And soon, she will be on our screens as Cassiel in the film Limbo, which is set to be released in 2019. Guess we can expect to see more of her in the future!
Millie Bobby Brown Then
While there weren’t too many child actors on NCIS, Millie Bobby Brown was one of them. On the show, she played the daughter of a murdered woman from an episode which aired in 2014 called Parental Guidance Suggested. During the episode, Gibbs interviews her and tries to understand the identity of whoever murdered her mother.
Millie Bobby Brown Now
When Millie Bobby Brown appeared on NCIS, she was still an unknown actress. However, afterwards, she was cast in the Netflix series Stranger Things and became more well known. Nowadays she is working on the third season of the show. However, she is also trying her luck in the film industry. She took part in the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters which is set to be released in 2019.
Juliette Angelo Then
On NCIS, Juliette Angelo appeared several times as Emily Fornell. Her character was the daughter of former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell and his ex-wife Diane Sterling. Her first appearance on the show was in 2013. However, since then she has appeared in four additional episodes in 2015 and 2016. Since then she hasn’t been on the show, but who knows maybe she will make an appearance again soon.
Juliette Angelo Now
Angelo started out her career on Broadway with How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Since then, she has had several supporting roles on television with shows such as The Haunted Hathaways, Malibu Country, Mad Men and NCIS of course. Recently she was cast as Geneva in the television comedy-drama Shameless and also starred in the sitcom Speechless.
Margo Harshman Then
When actress Margo Harshman was just eight years old, she would take part in beauty pageants. Afterwards, she moved on to acting. In 1997 she had her breakthrough role with the comedy The Elf Who Didn’t Believe and began appearing on television series such as Even Stevens. In 2013, Harshman was cast in NCIS as young Delilah Fielding.
Margo Harshman Now
It seems as if joining NCIS in 2013 was only the beginning for her. In recent years, Margo Harshman has taken up a wide range of roles. Her latest roles include different genres such as the horror movie Sorority Row, the comedy College Road Trip, and the sitcom The Big Bang Theory where she plays Sheldon Cooper’s assistant, Alex.
Weronika Rosati Then
Weronika Rosati began her career in Polish soap operas. Later on, she shifted to the film world when she played Dzemma in the film Pitbull. On NCIS she appeared in one episode in the tenth season called Berlin. There she played Ziva and Tali David’s mother. The star is also a member of the European Film Academy.
Weronika Rosati Now
The star has kept busy since her guest appearance on NCIS. In 2013 she was nominated as best actress at the Polish Film Awards for starring in Oblawa. She has also appeared on True Detective, The Detour, and USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. You can also expect to see more of her in the future as she has two films currently in post-production: Max & Me and Music, War and Love.
Zoe McLellan Then
Zoe McLellan has had roles in several shows including Royal Pains, The Mentalist, and The Whole Truth. In 2000, she also appeared on the big screen for the first time with the fantasy film Dungeons & Dragons. On NCIS you may recognize her as special agent Meredith Brody. She also had a lead role in the spin-off NCIS: New Orleans.
Zoe McLellan Now
In 2016, it was stated that she won’t star in another season of the spin-off NCIS: New Orleans. Currently, McLellan is a regular on political drama series Designated Survivor. There she plays a White House Counsel- Kendra Daynes. The star got married in 2014 to actor J.P Gillian. However, the two ended up getting divorced a few years later.
Susanna Thompson Then
You may recognize Susanna Tompson from Star Trek, where she has played four different characters. One role which she is known for is Borg Queen in Star Trek: Voyager. Besides Star Trek, she has done other films as well including the sports comedy Little Giants and the comedy Dragonfly. On NCIS she played Lieutenant Colonel Hollis Mann.
Susanna Thompson Now
Nowadays Thompson is no longer a lieutenant on NCIS. Recently the star appeared in the CW series Arrow as Moria Queen. You may have also seen her on the show Kings as Queen Rose Benjamin. However, currently she plays Carolyn Preston (Lucy’s mother) on the drama show Timeless. Today the star is married to a University of San Diego professor, Martin Katz.
Alicia Coppola Then
Alicia first appeared on our screens on the MTV game show Remote Control. Later on, she starred in the soap Another World as Lorna Devon, the long-lost daughter of Felicia. On NCIS the star played Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman. She was also in the spin-off show NCIS: Los Angeles as FBI agent Lisa Rand.
Alicia Coppola Now
Alicia has married actor Anthony Michael Jones whom you may recognize as Father Coates from General Hospital. The two had three kids together. After NCIS, the star has continued to act. She returned to her soap opera roots by appearing in the show The Young and the Restless. You may have also seen her as Dr. Tammy Brunner on a recent episode of the drama series Designated Survivor.
Cote de Pablo Then
Cote de Pablo played Ziva David, a former Israeli soldier who turned into a special agent. On the show, Ziva took over after Special Agent Caitlin Todd was murdered. Years later we learn that in fact her half-brother, Ari Haswari, is the one who committed the crime. Ziva ends up returning to Israel. Later on, its revealed that she has died in a mortar attack.
Cote de Pablo Now
Cote de Pablo has been largely out of the cameras since dropping from NCIS. Many still wonder why she left the show and she has stated that she felt they weren’t respecting her character enough. Her acting career is shelved at the moment and it looks like we won’t be seeing Cote in anything anytime soon. However, she does have high hopes for a singing career and is focusing on releasing an album.